Camden-Wyoming grabs District I Major League softball title as Donigan hurls shutout

C-W pitcher Chloe Donigan, who tossed a complete game two-hitter, throws a ball to first base. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

SMYRNA — It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.

Chloe Donigan proved that in Wednesday night’s 2-0 shutout of Smyrna-Clayton.

The Camden-Wyoming starting pitcher tossed a shutout with nine strikeouts to clinch the District I Major League softball crown at Smyrna Clayton Little League.

The title win didn’t come without a bit of stress, though.

Smyrna-Clayton put a pair of base-runners on second and third base with one out in the top of the first inning, but Donigan retired the next two batters.

Smyrna-Clayton’s Cimone Edge registered three strikeouts in her complete game performance.

“I just told myself I needed to breathe, take my time, calm down and just throw my best pitch,” Donigan said. “It felt great (to escape the inning), like stress was relieved from off my shoulders.”

It was smooth sailing from there, as Donigan retired the next five batters and finished with just two base hits and a pair of walks. She stranded six base-runners across her six innings of work.

She also helped herself by knocking in one of the two runs with an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Ellie McCarthy from second base.

“She pitched great,” said CW manager Bryan Wilson. “She works hard, that kid does. Once she gets in a rhythm, it’s hard to hit her.

“You have to give it to the other girl too, Cimone Edge, she threw well. It was a pitchers’ duel, which we kind of figured that it would be coming into tonight. That’s what it was going to be, just a couple of runs and it should hold up. It pretty much did.”

Edge tossed a complete game for Smyrna-Clayton, surrendering four hits and striking out three in her five innings.

Smyrna-Clayton’s Lacie Donovan lays down a bunt single.

Camden-Wyoming retired nine of the last 10 batters.

The win gives CW its fourth consecutive Major League district title under Wilson. The girls will represent the district in the three-team state tournament beginning July 8 at Smyrna-Clayton.

Camden-Wyoming’s Majors squad finished as state runner-up last year and went to Eastern Regionals two years ago.

Donigan, Mackenzie Mitchell and Jayda Mayan recorded the hits for Camden-Wyoming, with Mitchell drilling a pair of singles and Mayan laying down a bunt single.

McCarthy drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield in the third inning, scoring Mitchell from third base to cap the night’s scoring.

Lacie Donovan and Keira Blanchfield each registered a single for the only two Smyrna-Clayton hits.

“Eleven of them are travel ball players – only one of them is not – so they work hard all year long, and the one that’s not is just as good as the rest of them,” said Wilson. “I can’t say anything more about these girls, it’s an easy group to coach because they work hard.”

“I’m excited,” said Donigan. “I know it’s going to be hard (in the state tournament), but I’m ready to fight hard.”

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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